Lab Tests Are Normal, But You Still Feel Horrible!

Lab Tests Are Normal, But You Still Feel Horrible!
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My Doctor Says My Lab Tests are Normal,

but I feel Horrible!


Unfortunately, this is an all too common theme.  Patients, who have been struggling with health symptoms visit their doctors looking for answers, only to be left frustrated and still searching for help.


The Scenario…


A patient walks into the doctor’s office and waits 30-45 minutes, past their appointment time, to see the doctor.  Dr. “X” comes in and spends 5-10 minutes listening to the patients’ symptoms, barely making eye contact, AND proceeds to tell the patient “your lab tests look normal”.


Dr. X, hurriedly tells the patient, “try to get more rest, eat healthier and exercise…let’s see you again in 3-6 months”!


Does that sound familiar?


For some patients, they have gone through this hypothetical scenario one too many times, and now they are losing hope they can ever heal.


After helping thousands of patients over my 10+ years as an Integrative/Functional Medicine Doctor, I can tell you this story has been told me hundreds of times.  I can usually finish the patient’s sentence…which catches them off guard, but at the same time makes them feel comfortable knowing that I understand their situation.


Groundhog Day!


While I was not a fan of the movie, the Bill Murray hit rings true with many chronic health patients.  Patients that have struggled with a chronic health condition, like an autoimmune thyroid condition (since I specialize in thyroid gland disorders, I will use these patients as an example), are sick and tired of being, sick and tired!  All they want are answers and the proper guidance.


Laboratory Ranges Are Incorrect!


Stating that laboratory ranges are incorrect is rather a bold statement!  Hang tight, soon, you will be asking why no one has shared this information with you before.


Think for a moment about the patients who get their blood work drawn and tested.  Are they usually the healthiest of people?  Not usually!  Most of the time, these patients are getting blood work drawn because something is WRONG! 


Imagine you are back in school for a moment and the teacher is discussing ‘grading on a curve’!  Grading on a curve means the teacher is going to throw out the extreme best score and the extreme worse scores and come up with an average range of scores to grade on.


Lab tests work similar and this is where patients get caught in the middle, literally!


With all the data from the unhealthy patients’ lab results, a “range” is extrapolated and used to compare your results to.  If you fall within this range, things are “good”.  If you go outside the extremes (remember the grading on a curve analogy from earlier) the doctors will tell you, “Mrs/Mr. Smith your test result is higher/lower than it should be. 


This is only told to a patient IF their test result is outside the extremes.  If you are not outside of those parameters, you will be told “your blood tests look normal”!


Remember, your results are now being compared to the unhealthy population!  Do YOU want to be compared to unhealthy people or HEALTHY people? 


As soon as I ask that, most of you are probably thinking, “compare me to healthy people, not those dang sick people!”  I agree, and so do a lot of other doctors in the alternative health world.


Enter in the Functional Ranges!


I want my body FUNCTIONING at peak performance!  What about you?  You do as well?  Excellent!!!  So, we agree on that…let’s keep going.


If we take 1,000 healthy people’s blood results, we can then come up with a healthy or “functional” range! 


Now, do you want to compare your results to those unhealthy patients’ ranges or to the healthy patients’ ranges? If you are like most of my patients, you answered, “healthy patient ranges”!


Cool, we agree on that as well. 


As long as your lab results are within the functional ranges, your life is great!  But, let’s say you are in a tough occupation that makes you work swing shifts.  Your sleep patterns are constantly changing, and on top of those changes your marriage is a little rocky because you are not home enough with the family.  You have two stressors, one physical and one emotional, all affecting your body’s ability to function properly.


Let’s say this continues for 6-9 months. Now, your energy is dropping, you have put on some weight, divorce is lingering and your company is laying people off.  MORE STRESS!


Headaches begin to occur, you feel you can’t sleep enough hours in the day to help improve your energy, and to make matters worse your joints are now aching.


What do you do?  You visit your doctor, the doctor runs some tests, but your results come back NORMAL!  You and the doctor chalk your symptoms up to stress.  The doctor gives you a prescription for some NSAIDS and recommends to come back in 6 months.


6 months down the road…


The job hasn’t improved, your sleep is worse, along with the headaches and your relationship with your family is severely strained.


Now, you are having heartburn, bloating, and getting light-headed during the day.  You visit your doctor again, the doctor runs some blood work, and says “Mrs/Mr. Smith, look at your cholesterol!  Your blood pressure is elevated and your thyroid marker, TSH, is really high!  I am going to prescribe a statin to lower your cholesterol, high blood pressure medication for your elevated BP, an antacid for the heartburn and Synthroid for your thyroid.”


6 months ago, your labs were normal and the doctor told you stress was causing your symptoms.  Now, you are on 5 medications and feeling horrible.  Could this have been prevented? 


I guarantee if you were looking at your original blood test results with the functional, more optimal, range there would have been warning signs indicating that the body was NOT functioning properly and some lifestyle changes could have been made.


Now, because almost a year has gone by, you are on medications, but the medications have some unwanted side effects AND your original symptoms have not improved, only your blood pressure has gone down due to the medication.


Look at the picture below, this sums up the ranges we discussed.  In the green, you have the healthy ranges.  This is where you want to be!


If you start going outside of the green area, you are now functionally high/low.  This is where doctors like myself “operate” in!  Once you are here, you can have symptoms, but your doctors are not picking up on the issue because you are not in the red or yellow, the extremes!


However, if I can see that your results are functionally high/low, I can begin helping your body heal BEFORE you have MAJOR issues!  Keep in mind, traditional doctors are taught to prescribe medications or perform a surgery, extreme measure = extreme ranges!


Make sense? 


Now you are probably asking, how can you compare your blood results to the functional ranges!  Easy peasy…call me! 


That is right, pick up that phone, call (866) DrKing-1.  Tell my staff member, Ms. Norris, that you want to schedule a complimentary consultation for us to discuss your health condition. 


If I feel that we should begin digging into your health condition, I will recommend the next step for you!


Let’s save you some heartache, frustration, time and money…by figuring out your health issues, NOW!


I look forward to speaking with you soon!


P.S. – One of my favorite books titled, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal.

10thoughts onLab Tests Are Normal, But You Still Feel Horrible!

  1. Candice Williams on

    My lab results are always good but I feel so bad. I have hypothyroidism and I am told those results are good also but I feel so bad. I feel nauseous, I have frequent headaches, I feel sluggish and tired all of the time. I have brain fog. I’m forgetful and can’t get my thoughts together. I don’t know if if am sad/depressed/anxious. I feel all over the place.

    • askdrking2 on

      Hi Mrs. Williams,

      Thank you for reaching out. We have been in contact about the next steps.

      • Secret on

        Hi, I am in this exact situation. My blood and urine tests show that I am a healthy 44 year old female. However, for a few years I have been having migraines, stabbing pulsating migraines on right side, intense right shoulder pain that usually Ramps up during what would be my monthly cycle (I had hysterectomy in 2020 for adenomyosis, endometriosis and cysts), I now have right side hip pain, muscle
        Spasams, tremors, anxiety and depression. How can this all be in my head. I literally do not remember what it feels like to feel good. The only thing I’m being told is possible fibro. I am at a loss and really giving up on medical doctors helping me. I mean if this is psychological (which it could be, I have had many traumas including severe burns to 37% of my body as a child), how do I get help? What do I do? I am such a loss. I see a psychologist. I have tried to dig deep into my traumas to deal with them and move forward. I am sick and tired always but, nothing showing wrong with me. Is it somatic? Possibly. But if so what will help?
        I feel like I am dying

        • askdrking2 on

          Traditional laboratory results don’t always show the true problem. Not to mention if doctors are not running the correct tests to look for the answers. Feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation and a patient coordinator will take it from there.

  2. Kristy Thompson on

    I have been sick for over 3 months after I had surgery. The only diagnosis I have had is citrobacter kosheri and now they are saying my symptoms don’t fit and I am so sick .

    • askdrking2 on

      Hi Kristy. Have you come across the lab company Genova Diagnostics? They are the best lab to get to the bottom of infections.

  3. Alexis G on

    I’m in need of serious help from a professional willing to seek answers outside of a “normal” blood panel! My story is long but I will keep it short for now. I’m not sure if I had covid in feb of 2020 as tests were not available for the regular person yet, I was so sick and then I got a bit better to be met with left side facial pain and I mean pain, I don’t have dental so I went to a debatable “dental clinic” for those without ins. this dentist pulled my tooth that min and I was concerned about the infection spreading she told me the only way to help is pull it, skip ahead and my body got sick, pain, dizziness, complete hair loss and the list goes on for days of symptoms. I have been to doctors and ER and I get told tests we normally run are all in good range so it must be mental illness as I do not shy away from admitting I have had bouts of depression and ptsd, however I know 200% this is past mental health, has it effected my mental health ABSOLUTELY, I sometimes feel that I am on a timeline for my life and not a single dr is willing to help me and trust in me knowing I know my body and that SOMETHING IS WRONG! I’m begging for help I’ve lost everything due to this and I’m ready to just give up! I’m exhausted in every sense of the word and I’m trying to fight with zero help I just want to work and be a “normal” human again a mom to my kids and not needing to live with friends or homeless because I am physically unable to hold a job before I am so sick and ridden with pain I can’t make it out of bed! Please help me know what I can do to get help and past the “normal” tests to figure out what I am trying to fight off ! I am so grateful for you and your time!

    • askdrking2 on

      Hi Alexis. I am sorry to hear of your health struggles. Feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation on the website and a patient coordinator will take it from there.

  4. Katrina Hill on

    For three years now I have felt awful I’ve been to the hospital more times than I would like to admit and my family doctors knows my voice when I call I don’t even have to say my name ,, all my blood work comes back normal I’ve had a ct of my head and chest all normal except possible enlarged artery but saw a cardiologist who said I’m fine .. I feel like my breathing is always off , I have full body feelings I can’t explain and yes I do have and have had anxiety my whole life bug I believe my symptoms are what’s causing anxiety .. I do not feel well everyday I’ve even purchased more life insurance I feel that bad literally feel like I’m dying .. I’ve been told I have add and anxiety I’ve been thrown a lot of meds that I won’t take .. I’m 36 mother of three grandma to one I am a former smoker hardly drink , I’ve lost some weights since a recent breast reduction I do know I’m over weight and I eat healthy I’m 5 foot nine and 219. I do nt like taking meds if I don’t need them I feel off balance constantly as well I’m tired of feeling like crap.

    • askdrking2 on

      Hi Katrina. I am sorry to hear of your health struggles. Many of my patients have been through the medical merry-go-round that you have. Don’t give up hope, you just need answers. Feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation and I would be happy to chat more. Dr. King.

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